The first "affordable" drum machines were manufactured in the 60s, and were designed to imitate the sounds of drums and percussions. Analog synthesis was the the first technology used to generate the drum sounds and most models left no opportunity to the user to alter or modify the pre-programmed rhythms. Then in the 80s the first models using low resolution digital samples were launched, and were quickly used in the most successful tunes in the music industry. In the 90s the sound quality turned better, but loosing in the meantime the character that had made older models so remarkable. That's where and why our investigation stopped.
Beat Box Anthology is divided in three sections: Classics, Analog & Digital. In the Classics category you will find the cult machines that are still used a lot today, like the 808 or the 909. Sampling and recording was particularly complete, covering every parameter and setting you can find on these machines. To capture the essence of these pieces of history, we did record everything in 24bit 96kHz, using the best DI Box and analog to digital converters.
Another unique approach to this kind of collection, is the mastering step that once more makes it unique. Sounds were mastered at Sterling Sound with Chris Gerhinger, for this punchy sound you won't find anywhere else.
With a total of around 10 000 samples and loops from 80 different machines, Beat Box Anthology also contains hundreds of native kits and patterns for the new MOTU BPM, then being its best companion. Whatever the kind of music you're making, you will certainly find room for these incredible sounding machines.
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